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Addicted to Fake Outrage

One thing is obvious after Michael Phelps’ marijuana “scandal”: Our society is addicted to fake outrage—and to break our dependence, we’re going to need far more potent medicine than the herb Phelps was smoking.

Posted on Feb 13, 2009 READ MORE



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Protecting the Homeland From Homeland Security

As previously reported on Truthdig, there’s a lot going on in Homeland Security that doesn’t make it onto the reality show of the same name. The Center for Investigative Reporting’s G.W. Schulz continues to dig into the department’s unsavory bits, including an immigration officer who was arrested for allegedly having sex with an 11-year-old girl in Rio while there on official business.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009 READ MORE


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So Much for the War on Drugs

Despite spending countless billions and passing draconian laws, the United States is anything but a drug-free zone. The percentages of those in the U.S. who have tried marijuana or cocaine are greater than the percentages of any other country surveyed, according to a new study. The Netherlands, which has notoriously lax drug policies, had less than half the percentage of marijuana users and an even lower level of cocaine dabblers relative to the U.S.

Posted on Jul 1, 2008 READ MORE


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War on Drugs a Bust

How will we know if the war on drugs is ever won?  When all the kingpins are locked up or dead?  That was once the prevailing idea among those on the front lines of the much-ballyhooed “war,” which Rolling Stone scribe Ben Wallace notes has now gone on for over three decades and, in his view, is an utter failure.

Posted on Jan 7, 2008 READ MORE


Top Court: ‘Bong Hits 4 Jesus’ Not School-Friendly

In his “free-speech experiment” five years ago, senior Joseph Frederick displayed a large banner outside his high school in Juneau, Alaska, with the message, “Bong Hits 4 Jesus.”  As a result, he was suspended.  Now the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against him.

Posted on Jun 25, 2007 READ MORE


UK Journal:  Alcohol Worse Than Pot

Cigarettes and alcohol may cause more harm on the societal level than the seemingly harder drugs marijuana and ecstasy, according to a report released by British journal The Lancet.  The study suggests that, despite appearances, the two commonly used and legal substances could be more dangerous than their outlawed counterparts. 

Posted on Mar 24, 2007 READ MORE


Drugs Still Winning Drug War

Remember that other American “war”? The one with ill-defined, unrealistic goals that targets all the wrong people? Well, yeah: We’re losing that one, too.
(via Andrew Sullivan)

Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


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Pot Named America’s Top Cash Crop

Marijuana produced in the U.S. has a market value of $35 billion per year—far higher than that of corn, soybeans or hay, the top three legal cash crops, according to a report by a marijuana public policy analyst. California produces more than a third of the total.

Posted on Dec 18, 2006 READ MORE


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Marijuana May Fight Alzheimer’s

THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, may be better at suppressing Alzheimer’s than any currently approved drug.
Pot: Making some people forget, helping others to remember…

Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


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California Legislators Challenge Hemp Ban

California legislators have sent a bill to Gov. Schwarzenegger that would legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp, setting up a direct confrontation with federal drug authorities.  The plant, which contains none of the hallucinogenic properties of marijuana, is considered a kind of miracle crop by farmers and entrepreneurs who seek to exploit its fast growth and myriad uses.

Posted on Aug 27, 2006 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert and Rick Larsen

Colbert to Congressman: ‘Are You High Right Now?’

“Your state is one of the few that has a medical marijuana program,” Stephen Colbert said to Congressman Rick Larsen of Washington.
Larsen: Uh-huh, that’s right.
Colbert: Are you high right now?

Posted on Jul 12, 2006 READ MORE


Study: No Marijuana Link to Lung Cancer

The study results even surprised the UCLA researchers who were running the tests.

Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


Fox Will NOT Decriminalize Drugs

In a last-minute about-face, the Mexican president will not OK a bill that would have greatly loosened penalties on possession of personal amounts of drugs. It’s apparently the result of U.S. pressure.

Posted on May 4, 2006 READ MORE


Mexico’s Fox Will OK Drug Decriminalization

The Mexican president will sign a bill that drastically weakens penalties for possession of personal amounts of drugs like pot, coke, ecstasy and acid. But local judges can still detain or deport those found with the drugs.

Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


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From the L.A. Times

One Drug, Two Takes

The FDA says there is no medical benefit to marijuana. Tell that to the assistant D.A. in this story, who used to prosecute drug busts but who now smokes pot to build up an appetite ravaged by AIDS.

Posted on May 2, 2006 READ MORE


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From the N.Y. Times

FDA: No Medical Benefit From Marijuana

The Food and Drug Administration’s statement contradicts a 1999 review by a panel of highly regarded scientists.

Posted on Apr 21, 2006 READ MORE


Reefer Madness, Cali Style

Mexican drug cartels have helped make California the largest domestic supplier of pot in the nation. Seventy percent of the plants are growing in state and national parks. zReportage magazine has an eye-opening photo essay and story.

Posted on Feb 2, 2006 READ MORE


‘Pot Munchies’ Brain Compound Is Key to Anti-Obesity Pill

In figuring out how to turn off “the munchies” in sober people, scientists may just have synthesized the next wonder drug. | story

Posted on Jan 18, 2006 READ MORE


Rhode Island Legalizes Medical Marijuana

It is the 11th state to do so, but users can still be prosecuted under federal law. more

Posted on Jan 4, 2006 READ MORE


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